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A coup is dead. Now for the counterintelligence investigation we really need

Liberty Unyielding - 40 min 59 sec ago
Let's get the focus where it needs to be: on the reason for the coup attempt, and all the foreign involvement in related matters.

Autopsy of a dead coup

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 8:22pm
VDH, Am. Greatness

A wealthier, healthier world for children

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 6:57pm
It has never been a safer world in which to be a child. According to the UN, in 1950, most of the world had a child death rate (by age 5) of over 20%, while only a few countries, such as the United States, Cuba, Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand, had child death rates […]

Hmm: 3 dead whales wash up on Outer Banks beaches in 5 days

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 6:47pm
The State (Columbia, SC)

Smollett ‘attack’ similar to story of play he auditioned for

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 6:16pm
Lia Eustaschewich, Page Six

Trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube, Jussie Smollett edition

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 1:58pm
Hoaxes and fake news stories of abuses by supporters of Donald Trump have now become almost a daily occurrence. In most cases, those who believe in these works of fiction stand their ground to the bitter end. The cautionary tale of gay actor Jussie Smollett seems to be the exception.

Why the Jussie Smollett case warranted skepticism from the very start

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 1:04pm
Brian Stelter, CNN Buisiness

Basic Income and Handouts for People Who Are “Unwilling to Work”

Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:23pm

When I wrote about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s so-called Green New Deal, I mostly focused on the very expensive fiscal implications. I also noted that AOC’s proposed 70 percent tax rate on the rich wouldn’t even pay for a tiny fraction of the multi-trillion dollar cost (in other words, you and me would be pillaged).

Others focused on some of the inane goals of the legislation, such as phasing out cows and air travel.

But the part of the plan that produced the most controversy was the promise to provide “economic security” to those “unwilling to work.” This generated so much mockery that it no longer appears in any supporting documents and some supporters even claim that it never was part of the plan.

But some true believers aren’t backing down. Let’s look at some excerpts from Christine Emba’s recent column in the Washington Post.

The rollout of the progressives’ Green New Deal has been less than smooth. One major reason: the release of an FAQ that listed“economic security” for those “unwilling to work” as one of the program’s goals. “Unwilling”? The now-retracted FAQ made other eyebrow-raising claims, but conservatives pounced on that word in particular. …welfare as a reward for laziness, it was called extreme, absurd…a “Communist Manifesto, 21st Century.”

Give Ms. Emba credit.

She didn’t pretend, like many other folks on the left, that the promise of no-strings handouts for the indolent wasn’t part of AOC’s original plan. For this reason, we should probably add her to our collection of honest leftists.

But while I applaud the honesty at the start of her column, the analysis that follows is profoundly awful.

She basically argues that the success of welfare should be judged by whether recipients are happy to get free money.

…is the idea of unconditional economic security really so extraordinary? …A state-dispensed, unconditional cash stipend for every single citizen — whether willing to work or not — has been touted as a way to…perhaps end deep poverty …most Americans look askance at the idea of giving anyone anything free, let alone something as intangible as well-being. It’s life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, after all. Actually getting it is up to you. But what if we thought differently? Well-being — happiness in some sense… Health is a key measure of well-being. Adequate food and housing support it. …Which outcomes do we really care about? …Work isn’t all that matters. Improving well-being is a more than respectable goal.

And she even cites the failed program from Finland to justify her position.

Finland recently completed a landmark basic income project… One of the main goals of the Finnish project was to test whether a basic income would promote employment. …the program wasn’t much of a success: During the first 12 months, at least, basic income recipients fared no better or worse at finding employment than a control group. But it made a radical difference in other ways. “The basic income recipients of the test group reported better well being in every way,” chief researcher Olli Kangas told Reuters.

For all intents and purposes, Ms. Emba is lowering the bar for success. Basic income no longer should be supported because it will encourage more work (as some claim). Instead, we should support it because non-working people will be happy to get more handouts.

Let’s think about what that means. I wrote about socialism a week ago and I shared a very persuasive cartoon that shows why the theory has an inherent practical flaw.

While I’m tempted to recycle that cartoon again, this Wizard-of-Id parody makes the same point.

The bottom line is rather grim. A society that taxes productivity and subsidizes idleness over time will get less of the former and more of the latter.

P.S. While recipients express positive thoughts when they get more handouts, Arthur Brooks has explained that depending on others is not a route to a genuinely happy and fulfilled life.

Whimsical grocery store ad supporting border wall raises a few eyebrows

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 11:42am
A family-owned grocery chain in Arkansas touched a nerve last week when it promoted the concept of a border wall, noting that Heaven has one while Hell does not.

Nat’l Review writer suspended by Twitter for asking if AOC’s boyfriend on House payroll

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 11:22am
It seems that fascism and censorship are becoming all the rage in what this writer now calls the “Silicon Valley Axis of Evil,” the tech cabal now working tirelessly to silence any voice that falls to the right of center. On Friday, Twitchy and others  reported that Twitter suspended National Review contributor Luke Thompson for daring to observe that Riley Roberts, boyfriend of newly-elected Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has a house.gov email address.

Lindsey Graham vows probe of McCabe, Rosenstein over ‘bureaucratic coup’

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 10:37am
Graham said in an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he is willing to subpoena Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to answer questions about an alleged discussion to use the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Cartoon of the Day: He who Smollett dealt it

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 10:18am
Jussie Smollett

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